NZ names 7s teams for Rio

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All Black Sonny Bill Wil­liams has re­vealed his feel­ings when told he was go­ing to the Rio Olympics as part of the men’s sevens squad, and said the big­gest cheer in his house­hold came when the news was con­firmed his sis­ter Niall was go­ing too. It was con­firmed yes­ter­day at an an­nounce­ment at Eden Park that the two Wil­liams sib­lings would wear the black jersey at the Games next month, with Niall se­lected in the New Zealand women’s squad. For Sonny Bill, 30, a two-time World Cup win­ner, former league player and keen boxer, it is the con­tin­u­a­tion of an in­cred­i­ble sporting story. For Niall, 28, it is the cul­mi­na­tion of a dream which saw the mother of two young girls switch from a suc­cess­ful touch back­ground to the crash and bash of sevens rugby. “Just see­ing where she’s come from, a mother of two - when she first started her jour­ney she wasn’t con­tracted so she would get up in the early hours and do her train­ing and look af­ter the girls and then train again at night. I’m pretty proud of her,” he said. “I was happy when I got the phone call but the big­gest cheer we had in our house was when we found out my sis­ter made it, so we’re re­ally proud of her.”

Sonny Bill said he felt for those, in­clud­ing his former Chiefs team­mate Liam Mes­sam, who didn’t make the squad. “I’m re­ally proud of mak­ing this team, but I’m also very aware of the boys who didn’t make it. I’m feel­ing for them. NZ Her­ald

Photo: All Blacks/Twit­ter

The New Zealand Olympic women’s rugby sevens team.

Sonny Bill Wil­liams with sis­ter Niall Wil­liams, will be rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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